A decent, Okay, watchable, enjoyable, forgettable commercial which quite frankly is better than the entire filmography of Zac Enron.
Reviewer:Thomas Anders -
March 14, 2008 Subject:
A few comments
Transogram was an very successful toy company.
Transogram was in business since 1915. Almost all the old doctor/nurse kits were Transogram. Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Bingo Games, Michigan Rummy sets, roulette sets, Green Ghost Game, etc were from Transogram. They brought out a very early board game, "Big Business" in 1935. They also made kids furniture. If you don't know who Transogram was, you have no idea of toy history.
Trik Trak actually sold a lot of units. I have an earlier version that does not have all the stunts. The car still works fine, it was a well made set.
For those that believe they would get bored with such a toy, I feel sorry for them. I grew up at the very end of the golden age of toys, which required some actual dexterity, planning and creativity, and were tons of fun. I guess you have to be able to shoot someone on your video games nowadays to hold your interest.
December 10, 2005 Subject:
What was the name of the toy company the guy says at the end? Transelgram?
May 21, 2005 Subject:
The spot's pop-art "sound effect" graphics ("Crash!" "Pow!") are clearly influenced by TV's "Batman." But the most blatant swipe from the series is the little horn figure at the very end of the commercial (behind the "Wow!" graphic). It shamelessly mimics the "bat-spin" music that accompanied scene shifts in the Batman show.
The dad in the commercial is of much slighter build than Phil Silvers, and while his glasses do make him look a little like "Bilko," that probably wasn't the intention. Perusal of period photos (and of contemporary shows like "The Munsters," "The Addams Family" and "Batman" itself) will confirm that "normal" grown-up male characters of the time (as opposed to pilots, race drivers, motorcycle punks, etc.), ALL wore glasses like those, if they wore glasses at all.
Not relevant to any "review," but FWIW, I received a Trik-Trak set for Christmas in 1967 or 68, and my dad (who wore Phil Silvers glasses himself) got so frustrated trying to install the batteries that he threw the car down in disgust and broke it before it ever reached the Trak. (Not a big deal; a talking G.I. Joe was the star of that holiday, anyway.)
I adapted many of the track sections for use with Hot Wheels and Johnny Lightning cars, and a few even survived into the era of motorized "Sizzlers" cars. But I never could find any use for that multi-tiered "steel-girder" structure, and until watching this, I never knew what it was: a "Somersault Flipper." Another childhood mystery cleared up...!
April 30, 2005 Subject:
geared down "for longer battery life!"
Just think kids, this baby seems slower, but watch it crash through those logs. Can you set them back up before TrikTrak gets back around again? I'm sure you can!
April 25, 2005 Subject:
I remember seeing this commercial when it first came out-- after I'd already been given one of these cars. Actually it was kind of fun setting up those corner pieces to make the car swerve around other toys and the furniture (I didn't use the other accessories much)...
January 9, 2005 Subject:
Tricks and tracks?
Funny, it says it comes with "tricks and tracks." Seems to me that the tricks only happen with the tracks; the car doesn't appear to do any tricks without said tracks. You're right, it is SO Batman!
January 9, 2005 Subject:
Oh great, lets set up the logs again..
Pretty lame toy spiffed up with Batman effects (and a Phil Silvers lookalike?) to overemphasize the entertainment factor of this. I'm sure kids bored after 10 minutes of putting the barn together, setting up the logs, switching the tracks etc. I know I would have!
January 8, 2005 Subject:
Does it matter?
The mfg. is Transogram, actually.
I'm sure I lusted after this as a lad, but jeez that car is slooow.
Reviewer:Steve Nordby -
December 7, 2003 Subject:
Batteries not included
What can you do with toy cars? Race them, smash them up, or make them do stunts and run into tiny plastic logs. The least exciting option is what this toy provides, which may be why you don't hear the name "Transylgram toys" today. The Batman TV-like "SmASH!" "WHEEE" "POW!" graphics provide an extra laughability factor.